Educational Program: Global Health Internship

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Medical school students, nursing students, come see how medicine is practiced in rural communities.

Our medical education programs build on a decade of experience providiing healthcare in Nepal. If you really want to understand and learn about the challenges of healthcare systems in developing countries, this is the very best place to do that. 

This program takes place in both our Kathmandu city hospital and a rural clinic about two hours outside of Kathmandu. In Kathmandu you will have the opportunity to spend time at a very busy hospital and observe surgeries. 

The rural clinic is located in Goganpani in the Dhading District near Her Farm where you'll live.   There are no surgeries taking place here. You will learn from the clinic staff and are under their supervision at all times. You will have the opportunity to be involved in treatments as supervised and allowed by the person in charge.  

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More About This Placement

This program is intended for medical school student or nursing students. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn about health in a developing country. As a student, you are here to learn, not to practice medicine. The Government of Nepal has strict rules which the doctors are familiar with and they will be your teachers and guides in this program. 

We do not accept working health professionals for this program. It's very difficult to get government approval to practice medicine and we do not wish to put any volunteer at risk in this country. 

What Can You Do?

What you can do in these facilities will be highly dependant on the skills you bring with you. The doctors and other medical professionals will observe you and gauge your individual capacities and according to your knowledge, skills and training determine the scope of hands on work you can do under the laws of Nepal. 

You will be living at Her Farm for the rural part of this program and at our home near Kathmandu for the city part.  

Your time in this program will include;

1) Observing the workings of a very busy Kathmandu hospital including the opportunity to scrub in and observe a variety of surgeries. 

2) Vists to government hospitals and health posts.

3) Visits to speciality facilities such as a hospital for leprosy, clinics for HIV and drug rehab etc. 

What Will Your Impact Be?

You will come away from this experience with a deep understanding of the challenges of health care in a developing country and it's expected you and the medical team you will be working with can learn from each other and this experience will help to improve the health system in Nepal. 

Requirements and Pricing

Pricing.  What you pay covers our costs to support you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Nepal and to provide answers to all your questions during the pre-trip planning stage. It would be impossible to type out an entire list of what is included, but here are the key points. 

 

1) Before travel to Nepal we will spend as much time as it take to provide you the help you need to arrange travel, visa information what to expect in Nepal, what to pack for Nepal, what you can do while you are in Nepal and what life will be like in Nepal for you.  Your advisor knows Nepal inside and out and has lived there. You will be getting the most expert guidance possible.

 

2) We will assist you in getting from the airport to our house. We have our own volunteer group housing in Nepal so that we can ensure your safety and the quality of food, cleanliness and safety of drinking water. The housing has same-sex shared rooms furnished with beds and all the sheets, blankets, pillows and towel. Our girls keep the house clean, though you are expected to help by picking up your own room. . 

 

3) Around the clock staff support. Our staff will take you on a tour of Kathmandu, help you learn the culture, the language, how to navigate the transportation systems and every other aspect of life in Nepal. They are there to support you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They can also help you arrange for any in-country travel you may wish to do while in Nepal as well as suggest places to go and things to do. 

 

Our pricing is simple, our support is all-encompassing. You are coming to work with us and be a part of our family and you'll be treated as family the entire time you are in Nepal. 

Requirements: You should be currently attending medical school, nursing school or some other formal medical program.   

Travel medical insurance is required. You can obtain coverage HERE

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